By completing all the necessary steps listed in your Countdown to Columbia checklist, you will be automatically registered for NSOP.
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First-Year Student Orientation, Orientation
Don't fret! This is why name badges were invented. Both staff and students will wear one throughout orientation week. They are required for all NSOP events, so people’s names will always be accessible.
The NSOP 2020 schedule will be available in August.
If you must arrive before the general move-in date, are not participating in a special program and do not have special permission from the Housing Office, you will need to secure off-campus accommodations. A list of area hotels and other options is available on the Columbia University Travel Portal.
There are many places near campus where you can purchase toiletries and other supplies for your room.
NSOP 2020 will be held virtually. It will begin on Sunday, August 30 and end on Monday, September 7.
We will update students should any changes be made to programming in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We thank you for your patience, and we look forward to welcoming you to campus!
Please visit the New Student Resources website, which also provides a checklist of the actions you must take to complete requirements by given deadlines to prepare for your move to campus. Additionally, the Countdown to Columbia website provides a webinar series that will address various aspects of life at Columbia in the weeks leading up to NSOP 2020.
With NSOP 2020 being held virtually this year, you will be able to set your own schedule with both mandatory and social programs. While most days are packed with mandatory programming, we have made a sincere effort to add numerous breaks to the week. To plan your week, we recommend marking required programs, events of interest to you and all of the breaks in your schedule to make the week seem less hectic. Making time to relax and meeting new friends is an important part of NSOP!
The orientation leaders (OLs) are always available to help you. Your resident assistant (RA) will be another invaluable resource for you throughout orientation and the rest of the year.
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